Versailles bounces back from loss to Marion Local; Tigers dominate talented Lehman Catholic team

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Versailles 3, Lehman Catholic 0
Versailles answered the questions loud and clear Saturday – the Lady Tigers are going to be just fine. Ranked No. 1 in the state in Division III, Versailles downed Sidney
Lehman Catholic 25-22, 25-18 and 25-16, bouncing back from its loss
Thursday to D-IV No. 1 and MAC rival Marion Local.


VERSAILLES – Versailles answered the questions loud and clear Saturday – the Lady Tigers are going to be just fine.

Ranked No. 1 in the state in Division III, Versailles downed Sidney Lehman Catholic 25-22, 25-18 and 25-16, bouncing back from its loss Thursday to D-IV No. 1 and MAC rival Marion Local. The win answered any lingering doubt that might have been swirling about the Tigers. But more important it put the Tigers in position to garner the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament draw.

“I told the girls that we really needed this win for the tournament draw, because I am pretty sure Anna and us will be the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds,” Versailles coach Jeremy Riley said. “If we can beat Covington on Monday that will leave us with just loss compared to Anna’s two.”

In this match Lehman attempted to attack the Tigers in the exact manner as Marion, with aggressive serves. The difference was Versailles responded and was able to transition quickly into their offense, making them a very difficult team to defeat.

“You have to be able to block and pass against this team because they have the hitters upfront that put the ball away,” Lehman coach Greg Snipes said. “Unfortunately we didn’t do either very well today.”

The turning point of the match came when Lehman took a 21-18 advantage in the first game. Still feeling the effects of Thursday night’s game Versailles was put back on their heels. But in a sudden shift the Tigers roared back. They got to within two at 21-19 and then one at 22-21. After that it was all Versailles as they won game one in comeback fashion 25-21.

The first game surge of the Tigers had a lingering effect on Lehman and they could not shake it.

“Versailles did a good job coming back in the first game and carried the momentum over into the second game,” noted Snipes.

Shelby Bey served four consecutive points, giving her team a 4-0 advantage. From there Versailles never looked back. Lehman made a minor charge late, but the deficit was too much and the Tigers won 25-18 and now had a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Searching for the match sweep Coach Riley rolled out another piece in his arsenal; Taylor Ording. The sophomore connected on two crucial kills in the early going in the third game, keeping Lehman off balance.

“Taylor is a part of the super-sophs as I call them,” noted Riley “Her game has really come long way this year.”

However, the Cavs stayed close behind the hitting of Jessica Thobe and Jessica Slagle. They also made a number of tremendous digs, forcing Versailles to work for every point.

The problem for Lehman was the sheer number of weapons the Tigers have.
Eventually they wore down the Cavs and took a 19-15 advantage behind the serve of Justine Raterman. From there Versailles cruised taking game three 25-15 and the match 3-0.

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